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"Luigi Cattaneo" Anatomical Wax Collection


During the 18th and 19th centuries, medical scientists began to shift their attention from the study of human anatomy to that of pathology, in order to understand the cause and development of certain anomalies. They used wax to make models of the cases studied. You can see a collection of wax models and preparations which were used to study the human body and its pathologies. Enjoy the precise details of these scientific, historical and artistic treasures.



Via Irnerio, 48 - 40126 Bologna


+39 051 2091556

Scientific Advisor Prof. Lucio Ildebrando Cocco

Opening hours

Museums and Collections will reopen on June 1st, 2021.

The Zoological Collection, the Comparative Anatomy Collection and the Anthropological Collection will remain closed for renovation works.

The Botanic Garden and Herbarium is open.


Free admission

Further information


Accessibility for visitors with disabilities is partially guaranteed.

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